Stately Homes, Beautiful Parks Define Philly's Chestnut Hill

Philly's garden district will capture your heart with its charm and bucolic setting

Chestnut Hill, often called Philadelphia’s garden district, sits admirably close to two bucolic parks and creeks perfect for hiking, biking and simply sauntering. Be sure to visit the gorgeous and educational Morris Arboretum.

This affluent neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia is also lined with stately homes, and along Germantown Avenue, you’ll find plenty of trendy boutiques, art galleries and engaging cafes.

EAT

Wood-­fired flatbread pizzas make Earth Bread & Brewery, a great place for friends and family. For a special night, head to Jansen, set in a restored 1700s cottage. Don’t miss the world-famous Schmitter at family-owned McNally’s.

SHOP

Find just-right gifts and designer clothes at Artisans on the Avenue. Play with well-crafted toys at Oxford Circus. Admire inventive art from emerging and established artists at Gravers Lane.

DRINK

Try craft beers at Chestnut Hill Brewing Co. and then belly up to the 100-year-old bar at English-inspired Campbell’s Place. Sip a classic cocktail and enjoy classic French bistro fare at 1930s-style Paris Bistro & Jazz Café, where Philadelphia's best jazz musicians play Thursday through Sunday nights.

PLAY

Bike or hike through lush Wissahickon Valley Park and snap photographs of the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge. Explore new and classic art and sculpture collections, plus kids’ areas, at Woodmere Museum (free admission on Sundays), housed inside a stone mansion.

Lynn Waalkes
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